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“Christmas Dinner at Splashes”

Splashes Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Bird Canyon and Coast Hwy
Description: Terraced above the beach, with waves breaking just 25 feet below, the casually elegant Splashes Restaurant boasts some of California's best views and finest cuisine. Whether seated in the dining room or alfresco on the palm-shaded patio, you'll enjoy American Coastal Cuisine set against a dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Christmas Dinner at Splashes”
Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner at Splashes. Their prix fixe menu offered a wonderful and unique assortment of options for our party--- they even had a cute little prix fixe kids' menu as well.

The kids' selections were great-- their dessert was a little mature for children's palates, and after tasting, we thought the sticky caramel cakes with coffee ice cream and hazelnut mousse might've been better suited as an adult option.

But the service was great, the view spectacular, and it was a lovely and memorable meal!

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Pleasant Hill, California
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561 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Food and view are absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

At at the bar at Splashes downstairs right on the beach. Unusually warm weather in December so every window was open and it was warm. Fantastic views, people at the beach. Menu is greatly improved and excellent. Had the mushroom flatbread and others had Brussels sprouts that were roasted and excellent Hangover Nachos... not to mention the great sparkling wine and Gavi wine. This place is not to be missed.

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Everything Just Perfect!!!”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

It has been a great experience dining over at Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort. Highly recommended for brunch or dinner, where the food and views are priceless!! Without a doubt a big plus for the service, which being really outstanding! It is a place I would go back for sure!!!

  • Visited December 2013
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Tustin
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Splashes Never Disappoints!!”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Once again, we planned our company Christmas party at Splashes Restaurant in the Surf and Sand Hotel, and once again, we were given premiere service, food, and ambiance!
The staff at Splashes will cater to your every need ... and then some! They ALL know exactly what needs to be done to create the most relaxing, elegant private dining experience for any group or party.
Safely nestled into the private dining room on this cold winter's night with the temperature set perfectly for our ultimate comfort, we knew again that Splashes would meet our every expectation of the evening. The staff made sure that every course was served perfectly timed to our toasts and never left a glass half empty.
The chef included choices like tableside lobster bisque, osso bucco, rack of lamb, and the most tender rib eye steak ... and each and every one of us enjoyed every course on our plates.
To top off the evening, the view from the balcony was magical. The crescent moon glowed orange and slowly dipped below the horizon leaving only the white shimmering caps floating into shore. As we sipped our coffee at the end of the beautiful evening and drank in the ocean view, we knew we were in heaven.
Thank you again, Splashes!! We look forward to seeing you again next year!!

  • Visited December 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Beautiful views, sub-par food”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

First, the ocean view is unparalleled and fantastic. I so wanted this to be the restaurant we could start bringing customers to for dinners. But... it stops there. For some at the table, entrees were all but inedible and we had a disappointed customer. We left hungry (I could only eat the potatoes and a carrot on my plate - the halibut was horribly dry and tasteless). I must say that we should have taken the waiter's suggestions. When a bottle of wine was ordered a different bottle (different year and different winemaker) was brought and the waiter tried to convince me it was the same on the menu. We were also close to the bar when a big group came in and it was really loud. All in all - not a good experience.

  • Visited December 2013
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